Pastry with Provenance – InterUrban

November 10 2012 - 3:15 PM

Christine McCabe spent 3 years cooking at Charlie Trotters in every station in the kitchen. She went on from there to create the popular dessert-focused club, Sugar, and then this year launch Glazed and Infused. Along the way she was selected as Bon Appetit’s  2005 Pastry Chef of the Year.

Now she’s embarking on InterUrban, a Chicago bakery with storefronts coming in the Grand and State Red Line station and Northwestern Hospital. Her main kitchen and first retail location is not even a stone’s throw from the now shuttered Charlie Trotter’s. Her sales window is on the alley just north of Armitage between Dayton and Halsted.

The proximity especially came in handy when she wheeled over Trotter’s Hobart stand mixer and put it back into use a scant 100 feet from where it had been for decades.

InterUrban’s under-the-radar alley walk-up window will be the opposite of her upcoming shop in the red line station at Grand. A bakery on a commuter’s pathway to work will certainly go over well. There’s nothing more compelling than the fresh bakery and coffee in the morning. It’s Pavlovian and almost cruel to the commuters. You’ll never forget to bring treats to an early meeting again.